ok, switched over to the baby sized shawl collar cardigan from bernat/yarnspirations. https://s3.amazonaws.com/spinrite/pdf/WEB-BERNAT-SOFTEEBABYCHUNKY-K-ShawlCollarCardigan.pdf
but as usual, not trusting myself or the pattern…
knitting the smallest size, and done with all this:
“Next 2 rows: Rib to last 7 sts. Leave rem 7 sts on a st holder. 55 (59-63-67-75) sts rem at end of 2nd row.
Change to larger circular needle and proceed in stocking st until work from beg measures 7½ (8-8½-9½-10½)” [19 (20.5-21.5-24-26.5) cm], ending on a purl row.” great, done… boring, but did teach myself to knit backwards (stockinette with right side always facing) so that’s fun…
so now time for this:
“Divide for Back and Fronts: K15 (16-17-18-20). Slip last 4 sts onto a safety pin.K29 (31-33-35-39). Slip last 4 sts onto a safety pin. Knit to end of row. Slip all sts onto a length of yarn. Sts are now divided as: 11 (12-13-14-16) sts for Right and Left Fronts. 25 (27-29-31-35) sts for Back.”
so i knit 15, and then the last 4 of those are what goes on the safety pin? and that won’t mess up my working yarn, i don’t think… and then knit 29, and put the last 4 of those on another safety pin, still not messing up my working yarn, i guess… and then knit the last 11. so i end up with 11 regular (front right?), 4 pinned (under right arm?), 25 regular (back?), 4 pinned (under left arm?), 11 regular (front left?). but then why am i slipping all 55 back onto waste yarn?
really feeling out of my element again here. blurgh.